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Drysuits and Equipment

Discussion in 'Commercial Divers' started by C.M.Sullivan, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. C.M.Sullivan

    C.M.Sullivan Garibaldi

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    Hi there!

    I'm getting ready to start my DCBC (50m) course and I'm having trouble deciding which kind of drysuit to get. I'm planning on spending around $2000 give or take as I know having a good suit is pretty important. I have been on many sites trying to compare and contrast different suits but I feel getting some insight from a professional with experience should do the trick. I need something for cold water, I'm Canadian!
     
  2. linc213

    linc213 Angel Fish

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    I always dove a Viking HD or sometimes a Viking Pro depending on what I was doing. My HD has a yoke to attach the neck dam on my Superlite 17. In Canada, I would look into Abyss suits for the warmth of neoprene. If the water was too cold, we dove hot water suits.
     
  3. C.M.Sullivan

    C.M.Sullivan Garibaldi

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    alright thanks for the feedback, thinking about an abyss or a brooks
     
  4. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    I use an Aqualung Fusion Bullet. It has been great. There are lots of great suits on the market though.

    Despite reading and evaluating opinions and advice, you will not really know what you want in fit and features until after you make a purchase and start diving in a drysuit. If you can rent or borrow different types that would help with the learning curve....but trying on a suit in the store will only get you part of the way there...the reality of how the suit feels once you are used to it both in and out of the water is something that a first time drysuit purchaser has a difficult time understanding.

    There are lots of posts where folks state that they went too large or too small on their first suit. There was recent thread where a poster discussed that he was on his 3rd suit in only a couple of years due to fit issues.

    Fit is probably the most important thing to be concerned with. I bought the Fusion since it is designed to fit a range of body types within each size. I am glad I did because I have lost 50lbs since I got it and had I purchased a different suit, I would be suffering the excess material and the larger air pocket in the suit as others have experienced and wrote about elsewhere on ScubaBoard.

    Good luck with your search.

    -Z
     
  5. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

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    note this is in Commercial diving thread..........the Fusion Bulle,t although a good drysuit, isn't exactly a good commercial suit.
     

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